Today the County Commissioners are giving themselves a four percent raise. Here’s how Precinct 4 Commissioner Andrew Haggerty justified the raise to KVIA:
Haggerty told ABC-7 that several years ago, the county human resources department recommended that commissioners make 85 percent of market value.
“We argued that, based on El Paso having a lower cost of living and salary range, that all elected officials would be at a minimum of a 70 percent of market,” Haggerty said.
So every year, all elected officials will get a pay increase so their salary is 70 percent of market value, he explained. However, other county employees are eligible for raises above that.
“As elected officials, we’re the only people that we cap at a 70 percent mark,” Haggerty said. “Our clerks don’t make 70 percent of market. Our attorneys don’t make 70 percent of the market. All of our county employees are either at or exceed market except for the elected officials.”
Market value? That’s a squishy idea.
I reckon Commissioner Haggerty is talking about what other County Commissioners in Texas make. But El Paso is not like the rest of Texas.
In what other job in El Paso County could the commissioners make $93,748.20 a year? What unique skill set do the commissioners have that justifies their salaries?
Much of their jobs is shaking hands and kissing babies. They work hard to get re-elected.
“You don’t look good giving yourself a raise,” said Commissioner Andrew Haggerty, who represents precinct four. “Trust me, if you ask any county commissioner in Texas, they would say, ‘I would love to give that job to someone else.'”
The how about giving that decision to the voters? Put our money where your mouth is, Commissioners.